Category 6 For Hurricanes Proposed as Storms Continue to Become More Intense, Life-Threatening

New York Post

Climate scientists are proposing adding a sixth category to describe the most intense, life-threatening hurricanes as storms continue to grow stronger.

The hypothetical Category 6 would apply to storms with wind speeds over 192 miles per hour. Under the current standards, storms with winds of 157 miles per hour or higher are considered a Category 5.

But Michael F. Wehner, a climate scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and James P. Kossin, a former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate and hurricane researcher, say the current open-ended Saffir-Simpson model is “inadequate” and may cause residents to underestimate the most dangerous storms.

Read More at New York Post

Be the first to comment!

The comment must be no longer than 400 characters 0/400